I just started on a SICU unit. I have 2 years med-surg experience on a trauma/surgery floor. I am getting 8 weeks orientation on days and then 2-4 on nights. I have a fantastic educator and two preceptors one with 35 yrs experience and the other with 10 years. This unit services surgical, stroke, neuro, trauma, and cardiac including open hearts. While on orientation I have had 2 fresh post-op CABG pts.
I have been told by my manager and educator that I will not receive fresh post-ops until I have at least 6 months and probably more like a year of ICU experience and that then I will go through a separate orientation to become heart trained. I have also been told that I will probably get CABG post-ops 2-3 days out and on step-down when they are stable shortly after finishing orientation.
These pt.s intimidate me!!!! I was wondering if anyone could recommend some good books specific to the post op open heart patient.